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Kang charged with DUI in South Korea

| Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, 8:06 p.m.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
The Pirates' Jung Ho Kang reacts after being called out on strikes while pinch-hitting during the fifth inning against the Cardinals Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at PNC Park.

Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang was arrested Thursday after an alleged DUI incident in Seoul, South Korea.

According to a report by Yonhap News Agency, Kang was in a car that crashed into a guard rail at 2:48 a.m. on a local road in Seoul. A person who also was in the car claimed to be the driver, but data from the car's black box revealed Kang was behind the wheel at the time of the accident.

There were no injuries, but there was damage to the car and public property.

A report by the Gangnam police in southern Seoul said Kang's blood-alcohol level was 0.084. The legal BAC limit in Korea is 0.05. Drunk driving is punishable by a fine and up to three years in jail.

Kang was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident, then released.

“We are extremely disappointed in Jung Ho and in his decision process during this matter,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement. “I know first hand how foolish and dangerous it is to drive under the influence and am most thankful that, as we understand it, no one was injured.”

In December 2011, Coonelly was charged with DUI after being pulled over with a BAC twice the legal limit in Pennsylvania. He was ordered to enter a program for first-time offenders.

Coonelly said the team will wait until it can “gather all the relevant facts” and speak with Kang before making any further comment. Coonelly's statement did not mention any potential disciplinary action by the Pirates.

In June, police in Chicago began investigating a claim of alleged sexual assault against Kang. The alleged victim initially did not cooperate with investigators, according to a police report.

That investigation has not yet been resolved.

Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at rbiertempfel@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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